Development, environmental degradation, and disease spread in the Brazilian Amazon

Marcia C. Castro, Andres Baeza, Cláudia Torres Codeço, Zulma M. Cucunubá, Ana Paula Dal'Asta, Giulio A. De Leo, Andrew P. Dobson, Gabriel Carrasco-Escobar, Raquel Martins Lana, Rachel Lowe, Antonio Miguel Vieira Monteiro, Mercedes Pascual, Mauricio Santos-Vega

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The Amazon is Brazil's greatest natural resource and invaluable to the rest of the world as a buffer against climate change. The recent election of Brazil's president brought disputes over development plans for the region back into the spotlight. Historically, the development model for the Amazon has focused on exploitation of natural resources, resulting in environmental degradation, particularly deforestation. Although considerable attention has focused on the long-term global cost of "losing the Amazon," too little attention has focused on the emergence and reemergence of vector-borne diseases that directly impact the local population, with spillover effects to other neighboring areas. We discuss the impact of Amazon development models on human health, with a focus on vector-borne disease risk. We outline policy actions that could mitigate these negative impacts while creating opportunities for environmentally sensitive economic activities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e3000526
JournalPLoS biology
Volume17
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2019

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Disease Vectors
vector-borne diseases
environmental degradation
Natural resources
Weathering
natural resources
Brazil
Deforestation
Dissent and Disputes
Climate Change
Conservation of Natural Resources
deforestation
Climate change
human health
Buffers
buffers
Economics
Health
climate change
Costs and Cost Analysis

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  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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Castro, M. C., Baeza, A., Codeço, C. T., Cucunubá, Z. M., Dal'Asta, A. P., De Leo, G. A., ... Santos-Vega, M. (2019). Development, environmental degradation, and disease spread in the Brazilian Amazon. PLoS biology, 17(11), e3000526. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.3000526

Development, environmental degradation, and disease spread in the Brazilian Amazon. / Castro, Marcia C.; Baeza, Andres; Codeço, Cláudia Torres; Cucunubá, Zulma M.; Dal'Asta, Ana Paula; De Leo, Giulio A.; Dobson, Andrew P.; Carrasco-Escobar, Gabriel; Lana, Raquel Martins; Lowe, Rachel; Monteiro, Antonio Miguel Vieira; Pascual, Mercedes; Santos-Vega, Mauricio.

In: PLoS biology, Vol. 17, No. 11, 01.11.2019, p. e3000526.

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Castro, MC, Baeza, A, Codeço, CT, Cucunubá, ZM, Dal'Asta, AP, De Leo, GA, Dobson, AP, Carrasco-Escobar, G, Lana, RM, Lowe, R, Monteiro, AMV, Pascual, M & Santos-Vega, M 2019, 'Development, environmental degradation, and disease spread in the Brazilian Amazon', PLoS biology, vol. 17, no. 11, pp. e3000526. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.3000526
Castro MC, Baeza A, Codeço CT, Cucunubá ZM, Dal'Asta AP, De Leo GA et al. Development, environmental degradation, and disease spread in the Brazilian Amazon. PLoS biology. 2019 Nov 1;17(11):e3000526. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.3000526
Castro, Marcia C. ; Baeza, Andres ; Codeço, Cláudia Torres ; Cucunubá, Zulma M. ; Dal'Asta, Ana Paula ; De Leo, Giulio A. ; Dobson, Andrew P. ; Carrasco-Escobar, Gabriel ; Lana, Raquel Martins ; Lowe, Rachel ; Monteiro, Antonio Miguel Vieira ; Pascual, Mercedes ; Santos-Vega, Mauricio. / Development, environmental degradation, and disease spread in the Brazilian Amazon. In: PLoS biology. 2019 ; Vol. 17, No. 11. pp. e3000526.
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